That Look and Feel Like Your Own
Dental implants are designed to provide a
foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function
like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the
ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence,
knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will
be preserved. The implants themselves are tooth roots made of
titanium. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong
foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants help
preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration
which occurs when teeth are missing.
Dental implants are changing the way people live!
With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence
to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.
Dr. Mitchell Kaufman has received advanced
training in the surgical placement of dental implants. He has
been certified in the diagnosis and placement of single and
multiple implants, immediate implant placement, sinus
augmentation, and multiple implant placement for dentures as
well as regenerative procedures necessary to prepare sites and
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry
is the choice for you, we ask that you come to our office for a
dental and radiographic examination and health history. During
these consultation visits, Dr. Kaufman will address your
specific needs and considerations. Your questions and concerns
are important to us and our team will work with you very closely
to help make your procedure a success.
We will also discuss fees and insurance at this
time. There are many types of insurance plans, and coverage for
implants is varied. We will be happy to assist you in obtaining
any benefits to which you may be entitled.
The Surgical Procedure
For most patients, the placement of dental
implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are
placed within your jawbone. For the first three to six months
following surgery, the implants are beneath the surface of the
gums, gradually bonding with the jawbone. You should be able to
wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At
the same time, your dentist is forming new replacement teeth.
After the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the
second phase begins. Dr. Kaufman, will uncover the implants and
attach small posts (abutments), which will act as anchors for
the artificial teeth. These posts protrude through the gums.
When the artificial teeth are placed these posts will not be
seen. The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months.
Most patients experience minimal disruption in their daily life.
Using the most recent advances in dental implant
technology, Dr. Kaufman is able to place single stage implants.
These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover
them. There are even situations where the implants can be placed
at the same time as a tooth extraction further minimizing the
number of surgical procedures. Advances in dental implant
technology have made it possible in select cases, to extract
teeth, and place implants with crowns at one visit. This
process, called "immediate loading" greatly simplifies the
Who actually performs the implant placement?
Implants are a team effort between an
Implantologists and a Restorative Dentist. While Dr. Kaufman
performs the actual implant surgery, and initial tooth
extractions and bone grafting if necessary, the restorative
dentist fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist
will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the
What types of prostheses are available?
A single prosthesis (crown) is used to replace
one missing tooth, each prosthetic tooth attaches to its own
implant. A partial prosthesis (fixed bridge) can replace two or
more teeth and may require only two or three implants. A
complete dental prosthesis (fixed bridge) replaces all the teeth
in your upper or lower jaw. The number of implants varies
depending upon which type of complete prosthesis (removable or
fixed) is recommended. A removable prosthesis (over-denture)
attaches to a bar or ball in socket attachments, whereas a fixed
one is permanent and removable only by the dentist.
Why dental implants?
Once you learn about dental implants, you finally
realize there is a way to improve you life. When you lose
several teeth whether it's a new situation or something you have
lived with for years ? chances are you have never become fully
accustomed to losing such a vital part of yourself.
Dental implants can be your doorway to renewed
self-confidence and peace of mind.
Why would you select dental implants over more
traditional types of restorations?
There are several reasons: Why sacrifice the
structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space? In
addition, removing a denture or a "partial" at night may be
inconvenient, not to mention that dentures that slip can be
uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.
Are you a candidate for implants?
If you are considering implants, your mouth must
be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history
reviewed. If you mouth is not ideal for implants, there are
several excellent options to improving outcome, such as bone
What type of anesthesia is used?
The majority of dental implants and bone grafts
can be performed in the office under local anesthesia, with or
Do Implants need special care?
Once the implants are in place, they will serve
you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your
mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene
(brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with
your dental specialists.
Dental Implant Module
To provide you with a better understanding of
dental implants, we have integrated the module you see below with our website. Many of the frequently asked questions
pertaining to dental implants are discussed. Case studies, video
testimonials, and a printable brochure are also available
through the module.